ERIC Number: ED209127
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Caveat Emptor: Calculating All the Costs of Energy.
Zinberg, Dorothy S.
This paper examines the energy problem. Specific topics discussed include the recent history of oil and gas consumption in the United States, conservation, coal, solar energy, and nuclear energy. While solutions to the energy problem differ, there is an urgent need for broad, public debate. Ultimately, the decisions made regarding energy will be political, but no option can survive without long term public support. The public must be apprised of the advantages and disadvantages of the many hard choices to be made and along with special interest groups be ready to compromise in numerous ways in order to achieve some measure of consensus. In addition, the benefits and risks of different energy choices should not be assessed in isolation from their international setting. The ramifications of energy-related decisions vividly demonstrate the interdependence of nations. A decision to burn more coal in Great Britain or the United States directly affects the amount of acid rain falling on Northern Europe and Canada. Fallout from a nuclear accident in Sweden would be scattered over Denmark while the level of solar energy research in industrialized countries will directly affect the likelihood of economic survival for sun rich, resource-poor developing countries. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Coal; Oil
Note: A shorter version of this paper appears in the Radcliffe Quarterly; December 1981, Cambridge, MA. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council for the Social Studies (Detroit, MI, November 22, 1981).